Let’s Live in Roscommon

Despite being landlocked, the picturesque county of Roscommon is home to an extraordinary offering of lakes and water-based sports activities. Traditional craft and heritage, sports and agriculture all play an important part in the story of the proud Rossies, as well as a cultural legacy from a long line of esteemed artists, actors and literary icons. From Chris O’Dowd’s hit TV series Moone Boy to the historic houses, boutique and artisan food shops and cafes, Roscommon’s independent flair paired with competitive property prices and close proximity to major cities make it a perfect destination to live, work or chill out in.

Where to work?

The Roscommon business community are a proud bunch with a focus on tourism, agriculture, traditional craft and heritage. Roscommon town is home to the IDA’s 8 hectare Business and Technology Park, offering infrastructure to suit both manufacturing and international services sectors. International companies operating from Roscommon include Alkermes Plc., Innocoll Technologies, Athlone Laboratories, Harmac Medical, Vention Medical and Color Communications Europe Ltd.

County Statistics

Based on data from the CSO Census of Population in 2016, the Western Development Commission has published an Info-graph showing some key statistics for Roscommon.

Well Connected?

90 minutes from Dublin Airport by motorway, and accessible by commuter rail services to Dublin, the N4 national route from Dublin to Sligo passes through the north of Roscommon, while the M5 motorway from Galway to Dublin passes through the southern tip.

What is life like in Co Roscommon?

  • “I’ve returned to Roscommon after 15 years in Dublin and am a prodigal farmer. I am involved in community development.” – Will Keane
  • “I live just on the outskirts of Boyle where I have a home office so can enjoy the benefits of the countryside while still being able to work. It is a farming area with an embedded community while still retaining its scenic qualities.” – Padraig Cunningham, Pure Designs
  • “I live and run Baysports from Hodson Bay. In 2015 we attracted 20,000 visitors to our outdoor water attractions. This is no surprise. We are based beside the enormous asset that is Lough Ree. The lake is a treasure trove of natural, monastic, historical and mythological interest.” – Richard O’Hara, Bay Sports
  • “I live in Arigna Co Roscommon which is a truly unspoilt and magical nature reserve which runs to an ancient beat, that values its past and traditions where you are judged not on worldly wealth but on your wit and how good you can tell a story.” – Martina Early
  • ”I live in Ballyleague-Lanesborough at the top of Lough Ree – a real paradise for lovers of angling and water sports with top class facilities locally for kayaking, rowing, fishing, swimming, cycling, running, cruising, jet skiing, walking and touring one of the most beautiful locations along the Shannon. We also boast of specialised local accommodation, a top class 5 star a la carte restaurant and a real gem of a coffee shop with loads of warm and traditional Irish bars. We have beautiful rural locations to visit: Sliabh ban Mountain, Kilrooskey, Kilnacarrow fishing, St Faithleachs Well, Gardenstown lakeshore Kilteevan. E-mail: loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com for more info”. – Hugh Keane
  • “I live in Kiltoom, between Athlone and Roscommon towns. One great bonus is that, whilst living in a rural area, I am still just a short drive away from those two towns. Another beautiful feature of life in this area is the natural beauty all around. Boglands, farms and woodlands abound. In particular, Mote Park Forest, St. John’s Wood and the historic surroundings of the ruined lakeside Norman town of Rindoon are wonderful amenities on our doorsteps.” – Dee McKiernan
  • “County Roscommon has an excellent social and cultural infrastructure, short travel times to work, no traffic congestion, no toll bridges, no tailbacks! It is a beautiful unspoilt countryside with natural amenities.” – Triest Press Printing
  • “I helped set up our business Time Pieces with my parents Vincent and Mary almost 25 years ago. I raised my daughter here, a very safe place to raise a family. I work as an artist when not in the shop and have a good network of artist friends locally. I enjoy music and take lessons at the Roscommon School of Music. I play bridge, badminton, swim, horse ride and practice Tai Chi classes and clubs available locally. I have great neighbours!” – Lorna Brennan, Time Pieces
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Lorna Brennan, Time Pieces

Where are the great communities?

  • “Lough Key which is the other great lake in Roscommmon. The forest cover, lake and natural woodlands here make this area attractive for those seeking healthy, outdoor life and plenty of routes for walking.” – Richard O’Hara
  • “Knockvicar because of it’s easy access to Lough Key Forest Park, Zipit Forest Adventures, waterways and local towns.” James Sturt
  • “Keadue West is a stunning rural village with a great sense of community. It’s peaceful & tranquil and a brilliant place to raise children. It’s small school has very high standards. Keadue is a previous Tidy Towns winner. Nearby we have a beautiful wooded walk around Lough Meelagh, the highly luxurious Kilronan Castle nearby. Boyle, Sligo & Carrick-on-Shannon within easy drive or commute.” – Sinead Irwin
  • ”Ballaghaderreen is a town in northwest Roscommon famed for its magnificent cathedral, Dillon House and for its Old Military Barracks. It is close to numerous historic monuments which are all worth a visit, Lough Gara – Crannógs, Ballaghaderreen Cathedral, Four Alters, Clogher Stone Fort, Kilcashel & Urlaur Abbey & Lake . We are lucky to have several local employers and a very active tourist organisation ‘Ballaghaderreen Lake and Legends” . – Andrew Durkin

Hang Out At:

  • “The cosy Comfy Cafe in Roscommon, or in Molloy’s Artisan Bakery. In Athleague, a relaxed and yummy lunch in Les Petites Tartres.” – Dee McKiernan
  • “Lots of great cafes; Comfy Cafe, Rogues, Jacksons, Gleesons Artisan, Melting pot..all very good. Moma’s Italian restaurant very good with great atmosphere and La Trattoria super for cheap and tasty BYO…good Indian food too.” – Lorna Brennan
  • “Ardcarne Garden Cafe for good cakes, coffee and music especially the Friday morning music session and occasional Sunday lunchtime concerts of jazz.” – Cliodhna Quinlan
  • “Lough Key, Forest Park, pleasure grounds for walks and children to play in. River walk through the lawn.” – Danny Tiernanlough key zipit

Festivals & Events:

More Roscommon Events HERE

Insider Tips:

“Wooded area leading into Dereen Lake aka Bluebell Woods in May when in bloom. Fairy tale pictures for children.” – Danny Tiernan

“Knockvicar Organic Garden Centre; Do the bog walk when the rhododendrons are in bloom (always reminds me of Narnia!) and brings you in a loop around Cloontykilla Castle which is a good place for dog walking.” – Sinead Irwin

“Walk in the forest at Derreenasoo or Lough Key Forest Park. Session in Clancy’s in Knockvicar.” – Cliodhna Quinlan

“Traditional music events regularly in Hanly’s bar and The Central and Pat McHugh’s. Also great music bar with Craft beers, J.J. Harlow’s in Roscommon.” – Siobhan Cox-Carlos

“Drumanilra Farm Kitchen on Elphin Street in Boyle has become a firm favourite for food and coffee with a warm wood fire burning each day.” – Brian Nerney

“For families – check out Lough Key Forest Park, The Mote Park, St Johns Word and Bay Sports Water Park.” – Eamonn Gleeson

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Thanks To Our Contributors:

Joseph and Kathleen O’Grady, Boyletoday.com, Padraig Cunningham, Christy Connolly, Daniel Curley, Eamonn Gleeson, Meryl Connaughton, Mella OBrolchain, James O Connor, Seamus Duke, Ger Daly, Sean O’Dowd, Siobhan Cox-Carlos, Sharon Croft, Pat Towey, Jeff Irvin, David Pierce, Hugh Keane, Gerard Healy, Roz McDonnell, Richard Collins, Derek Croghan, Frances Crowe, Danny Tiernan, Andrew Durkin, Sinead Irwin, Annette Feeley, Gwen Bond, Cliodhna Quinlan, Lorna Brennan, Mary Guihen, Triest Press Printing, Fiona Dunne, James Sturt, Dee McKiernan, Will Keane, Valerie Stenson, Lorna Brennan, Martina Earley, David Molloy, Richard O Hara

Roscommon – at a glance

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  • County Capital

    Roscommon Town

  • Main Towns

    Boyle, Frenchpark, Roscommon, Castlerea, Strokestown Athlone, Ballaghaderreen.

  • Local Airport


  • Local Third-level Education Institute or University


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If you’re thinking of setting up or expanding your business in County Roscommon, contact the local council’s Business Support Unit. Here, you will find out everything you need to know about developing business investment in County Roscommon.

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Tel: +353 (0) 90 6637316
Email: bsu@roscommoncoco.ie
Website: www.roscommoncoco.ie

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